P lmost four years after a major scandal, opened on Monday the trial of former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, judged to have possessed a foreign account and deceived for years the French tax authorities. Interrupted a few months, the hearing resumed at 1:30 p.m..
And Jerome Cahuzac did not wait long before making sensational revelations. According to him, the opening of his first account in Switzerland in 1992 was used to finance the campaign of Michel Rocard in 1995. “I asked Philippe Péninque to open an account in Switzerland in 1992 (…). This account is the funding of political activities for a man I was hoping it would be a national political destiny, “said the former adviser Rocard. . Jerome Cahuzac has not given the names of other people involved in this illegal financing campaign
Earlier in the day, the hearing began with a request from the prosecutor Jean-Marc Toublanc: it wants to requalify prosecution, weighing it down. For him, the former budget minister defrauded aggravated by transferring a registered account to an account in the name of a Panamanian company and the Seychelles before arriving in Singapore. If the court grants the request prosecutors, Cahuzac risk up to 7 years in prison and one million euro fine.
On the dock, alongside Jérôme Cahuzac sit his ex-wife Patricia Menard and former advisers, the Swiss banker François Reyl and former lawyer Philippe Houman. They face up to seven years in prison and one million euro fine. The discrete Geneva bank Reyl also appears as a moral person.
Courthouse Paris, Monday morning. Patricia Cahuzac he arrived, surrounded by his lawyers (photo LP / Olivier Lejeune)
The former champion of fiscal discipline, 64, appears to September 15 before the Paris court for tax evasion and money laundering, as well as for having “minus” his declaration of assets by entering the government in 2012. it is the trial of lying, that of a man of many faces locked into its secrets Cahuzac, the minister who was fighting for the recovery of the state, as “Birdie” had an account in Switzerland and was delivered cash on the street. His resignation in March 2013 and his confession in April, did rock the government, dented the “Republic exemplary” desired by Francois Hollande.
The NGO Transparency International France estimated Monday that in hindsight, “the Cahuzac affair has made our country a salutary shock”, with the creation in 2013 of a national financial and parquet a High authority for the transparency of public life.
At the trial in February, the Cahuzac tried to escape prosecution for tax evasion, denouncing a “double penalty” when they had already agreed to a tax adjustment plus 2.3 millions of euros. The debates were interrupted, the time for the Constitutional Council to decide: in June, the “Wise Men” validaient accumulated criminal prosecution and administrative sanctions “in cases of the most serious fraud”
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a tax fraud “stubborn,” “sophisticated” and “family”
the case began in December 2012, when the news website Mediapart reveals the existence of a hidden account, first Switzerland and Singapore, Jerome Cahuzac. The following month, prosecutors opened an investigation. This reveals the mechanisms of tax evasion “stubborn,” “sophisticated” and “family.”
At the beginning of this company, Jérôme Cahuzac, training surgeon, dermatologist and his wife that held together a thriving clinic specializes in hair implants before separating. In the early 90s, the money flowing, between the regulations of the wealthy patients of the clinic and lucrative Jerome Cahuzac consultancy activities, after a stint in the office of Health Minister Claude Evin, offers its expertise to pharmaceutical companies.
the first account is opened by a “friend” in 1992 at UBS and one on behalf of Cahuzac himself the following year. In 1998, all assets are transferred at Reyl. When Swiss banking secrecy begins to crack in 2009, 600,000 euros Jerome Cahuzac has hit the road of Singapore, making a detour through a Panamanian shell company and then another in the Seychelles, a montage with the help of an intermediary based in Dubai.
Patricia Cahuzac, she chose the Royal Bank of Scotland on the Isle of Man to deposit checks from English patients, before opening his own account in Switzerland, blurred background with her husband. Even the accounts of the parent of the former minister will be used to “launder” the client checks the clinic. The money paid holiday in Mauritius or apartments children in London.
Once the goods sold, repatriated assets and the divorce remains for Cahuzac test trial .
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